Faculty Advisor

Belz, Melissa

Faculty Advisor

Tuler, Seth

Project Center

Boston, Massachusetts


Gentrification in Boston is causing low-income residents to be displaced into areas that are more affordable, possibly exacerbating health disparities that minority groups already face. The goal of this project was to understand the impacts and challenges of displacement and public transportation usage on access to community health centers in Boston. We hope to help our sponsor with advocacy efforts on transportation policy in Boston. We inquired of patients of one health center and commuters at T stations in Roxbury about their access to health care. We found that people may prefer to travel long distances to their community health centers and commutes are worsened when patients allocate additional time to account for the unpredictability of public transportation.


Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

October 2016

Project Type

Interactive Qualifying Project



Advisor Department

Interdisciplinary Programs